After church last week, my wife said “The guitar sounded really full today. Was it because the piano player wasn’t there to drown you out this week?” The backstory is that it was about 34 degrees and rainy and I didn’t want to take my Taylor 314ce out in the elements. It was locked up nice and tight in its case with humidipaks installed since the humidity in my house had dropped to about 31%. So I took my Martin DCX1RE (I can never remember all those letters—I just call it “X-Series”). The first thing I noticed is that Fishman electronics seem to have a lot more gain than the Taylor ES system. It also has a lot more knobs and dials with which to dial in your tone. On my Taylor, I pretty much run the volume at about 3 o’clock but my X Series I had it turned up less than half and it was much fuller and more prominent than the Taylor. So much that my wife even noticed. So, to compare the two, the Taylor ES system seems to me to have a more life-like acoustic tone, while the Martin Fishman sounds big and full. Not exactly life-like, but a good tone nonetheless and capable of filling a room (a big church) with sound.